INPRO Membership and Observers
INPRO's membership currently consists of 42 Members – 41 IAEA Member States and the European Commission (EC):
Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, ROK, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, U.S., Vietnam and the EC.
Benefits of INPRO Membership
IAEA Member States and recognized international organizations can join INPRO and benefit from:
- International cooperation facilitated by INPRO;
- INPRO tools, models, publications and expertise;
- Participation in the INPRO Dialogue Forums and in collaborative projects;
- Results and findings of INPRO studies;
- Planning of activities and bringing national expertise to the Project through their representative in the INPRO Steering Committee.
Active membership implies that an INPRO Member provide some combination of extra-budgetary contributions (funds and/or cost-free experts), contributions in kind and/or to consistently engage in INPRO activities under the INPRO Task Areas. Membership implies an endorsing position in the INPRO Steering Committee. There are several ways to contribute to the Project:
Providing extra-budgetary funds;
Providing cost-free experts to work with the INPRO Section at the IAEA;
Performing agreed nuclear energy system assessment studies using the INPRO methodology; or
Participating in INPRO collaborative projects.
Other IAEA Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participate regularly as observers in INPRO meetings. Observers are not required to provide major contributions to INPRO. However, they are invited to finance their own attendance at INPRO meetings.
1. The Head of the national government organization responsible for nuclear energy or the Head of an international organization submits a written request to the IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy through official channels, announcing the wish to join as a member or observer.
2. Once agreement on the mode of participation is reached through consultations, the Member State or organization is officially recognized as INPRO member, and it is invited to nominate its representative in the INPRO Steering Committee.
An IAEA Member State that is interested in becoming an INPRO member, and is in good standing with its IAEA Safeguards obligations, can become an observer for a trial period by notifying the INPRO Secretariat and sending a letter to the Section Head, informing INPRO of its desire to observe. The Section Head will copy the letter to the DDG-NE and to the Division Director of Nuclear Power, informing them of the request. A similar process can be followed by NGOs which can participate as observers in the activities of INPRO consistent with IAEA rules on Consultative Status of Non-Governmental Organizations with the Agency contained in
INFCIRC/14. Observers do not have an endorsing position in the INPRO Steering Committee, but their advice may be sought by INPRO and may be considered and placed in the record.